Bay Harbor 4 Theatres

1170 Kane Concourse,
Bay Harbor, FL 33154

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aeterna on May 19, 2022 at 6:51 am

@sjteich: The 10/72 issue of Boxoffice indicated that Jack Blum was celebrating his 47th anniversary with Loews. He retired in 1975 so that places him with Loews for 50 years. I would presume by the math, he was about 70 when he retired.

sjteich on September 13, 2021 at 11:02 pm

I am trying to find out more information regarding Jack Blum the theatre manager from 1972-1975. I believe he was a Loews lifer. If anybody knows whether he had any family, please let me know.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 26, 2020 at 1:38 pm

aeterna, it was twinned in 1980.

aeterna on May 25, 2020 at 11:38 am

Does someone recall the year that it was twinned? If my memory serves, it was in the early 1980s. Perhaps 1981 or 1982. I remember seeing some films in 1980 but I think it was still a single screen venue at that point.

rivest266 on February 29, 2020 at 10:09 am

Reopened with four screens on July 3rd, 1987. Grand opening ad posted.

dallasmovietheaters on May 4, 2019 at 3:45 am

Arthur Porchert was the architect for the first new Miami Beach theatre in 15 years. It was built for Maurice Revitz and Sol Frankel with a $50,000 waterfall in its atmospheric lobby along with a 22 foot long chandelier. The $500,000 cinema also had a 20' curved snack bar and a 23'x54' Technikote Pearlescent screen. It launched February 17, 1966 with Sophia Loren in “Judith”.

aeterna on January 12, 2016 at 2:23 pm

I believe this shot is from Boxoffice and the marquee is displaying “The Group” as the feature so this places it somewhere in the first month or so of operation.

GSRPBS on January 29, 2015 at 10:51 am

It is amazing how time can eventually bring people back to where they began. I ushered at the Bay Harbor theatre back in 1974 and worked with both Scott and Jeff. I have also remained friends with Al Alvarez who has posted on this site. The Bay Harbor was the most elegant theatre in it’s day. It was great having the upstairs balcony all to yourself when the movie was running. It was also the day when some theatres had soda machines as well as a concession stand, but the coins in the soda machine always got stuck, memories. I did go back once when the theatre was converted to a fourplex, that was the end of an era.

jeffrey platt
jeffrey platt on January 6, 2015 at 2:51 pm

scott. i do remember you. this IS jeff platt. I was blown away when I saw this picture of me . now 72. I had no other pictures of me from my younger days.THANK YOU. why don’t you e mail me

scottjsilverman on January 6, 2015 at 8:02 am

I remember it well. I worked there as an usher/doorman/student assistant manager from December 21, 1971 to June 1975. Some of my co-workers are my friends to this very day.

The theater sat 972 people. It had an orchestra and loge. The biggest complaint people had about the theater was that the movies stayed there for so long. For example, Nicholas and Alexandra (a roadshow) played at the theater from February 2, 1972 until June of that year.

I will post photos in the near future.

tzwicky on May 21, 2013 at 8:30 pm

The Bay Harbor theatre was where my high school always went for art films. This included 1971’s “Mary, Queen of Scots.” The school didn’t know about the brief bit in the film with gay subject and (imagine …. kissing), and whoever gave the go-ahead for the busloads of kids must have been mortified as the auditorium of 10-12th graders erupted into howls and screams at what the school film trip had given us that day. Truly glorious and hilarious high school memories.

rivest266 on October 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm

The February 17th, 1966 grand opening ad has been uploaded here.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 11, 2011 at 8:29 am

The exclusive engagement of “The Lion In Winter” was at the Byron, not here as the intro states.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 27, 2010 at 12:54 am

I think this must be the theater that was, in its original plans, to have been called the Broadway. A rendering of the Broadway Theatre, which was then under construction, appeared in Boxoffice of December 20, 1965. One of the owners of the proposed Broadway, Herb Kaplan, was mentioned in later issues of Boxoffice as a co-owner of the Bay Harbor Theatre. In even later issues of Boxoffice, Kaplan is mentioned as a director of Loew’s Florida division.

The caption of the drawing says that the Broadway was designed by architect Arthur Thomas. I’ve been unable to find anything about him on the Internet.

Originally operated by a partnership called Broadway Enterprises, by May, 1968, the Bay Harbor was being operated by Loew’s. A January 13, 1969, item about the planned benefit premier of “Oliver” referred to the house as “…Loew’s 972-seat Bay Harbor Theatre….”

rivest266 on January 17, 2010 at 4:21 pm

This cinema opened with a single screen on Feb 18 1966
Load the microfilm into the machine at View link

Remember to rewind the film!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 24, 2005 at 11:08 am

I can still remember the new car smell of the vinyl seat backs of the Bay Harbor when our school took us from Little Havana to the Bay Harbor to see OLIVER!. Years later I took a first date there to see the x-rated FLESH GORDON and she did not speak to me for days.

This was a deluxe Loews roadshow house for many years before Wometco quaded it and one of the nicest theatres in the Miami area. The Bay Harbor often played day and date with the ABC Coral in Coral Gables or the Wometco Dadeland Twins with long runs of THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT, BILLY JACK, and NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA.